A vivid reflection on the sensory delights of Rome, photographer Jeannette Montgomery Barron and author André Aciman’s collaborative Roman Hours book weaves together two inspiring perspectives. Montgomery Barron’s imagery invokes the Eternal City’s textures and prints its light upon the page. Aciman’s words tour life and love through passing moments. This 116-page cloth-bound book is the first within the Ivorypress Cities series. Price is in Euros.  

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Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers

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A handbook for those wanting to embark on a career in graphic design, Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers combines all types of publications to be part textbook, part comic, “zine, manifesto, survival guide and self-help manual.” Through essays, interviews, artwork, typeface and beyond, lesser heard voices at various stages of their careers are given a platform to share insights from the inside. Along with information on hiring processes, power structures, mentoring, workplace discrimination and more, Extra Bold aims to make the world of design a little more accessible.

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By Jenna Wortham and Kimberly Drew, the glorious and dynamic book Black Futures features essays, artwork, photos, poetry, dialogues, recipes, infographics and even tweets and memes to illustrate the expansive and ever-evolving realm of Black creativity and culture. Visually vibrant, mentally stimulating and entirely inspiring, the book entrances and inspires—but also makes a call for equality, inclusion and celebration of Black joy and imagination.

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“Why Books?” Crewneck

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This crewneck sweatshirt from CH favorite Actual Source poses the question “Why Books?” and includes a three-pronged answer: preservation, accessibility, intimacy. The question and its responses are simultaneously simple and complex, and prompt a few moments to ponder how one’s personal answer might compare. Not only does the sweatshirt signal that the wearer is a book lover, it also represents the Provo, Utah brand—a publisher, book store and studio that makes beautiful, thoughtful and clever things.

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Artist and author Michelle Kwon’s pocket-sized paperback collection of comics, The Interior Life, (released in 2018 by independent California-based publisher Tiny Splendor) assembles personal moments of introspection and humor. It’s thoughtful, endearing and offers a fresh perspective from start to finish. With a cat factoring heavily into the narrative, feline fans should enjoy this, as well.

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Family Meal Volume 1

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From Made In cookware, with contributions from 17 award-winning chefs, comes the unique cookbook Family Meal Volume 1. Within, one finds 15 original recipes to try at home—imagined by the likes of Tom Colicchio, Eric Ripert, Melissa Perello and more. Additionally, 100% of the proceeds from this cookbook benefit the non-profit Future Chefs, which provides teens opportunities in the culinary world.

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Divine Decks: A Visual History of Tarot

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From TASCHEN’s new Library of Esoterica (a series of books that traces the ways artists have explored mysticism for centuries) comes the first title, Divine Decks: A Visual History of Tarot. Author Jessica Hundley delves into the meanings behind 500+ cards, analyzes artworks and explores tarot’s immense and enduring influence—from medieval era to contemporary culture. Beautifully designed by LA-based studio Thunderwing, and with an essay by artist, tarot reader and metaphysical teacher Marcella Kroll, this book will appeal to tarot experts, history nerds, art enthusiasts and counterculture connoisseurs.

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Poet Louise Glück—the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 27 years—has 12 extraordinary books to her name. One of our favorites, The Seven Ages, proves to be perhaps her most audacious. The 44 poems within explore memory and dreams while facing potential futures and death. Beautiful and at times sardonic, Glück’s words remind readers of the boundlessness of writing.

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Interior Space: A Visual Exploration of the International Space Station

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Available for pre-order now, Interior Space: A Visual Exploration of the International Space Station comprises unseen, eerie images that photographers Paolo Nespoli and Roland Miller captured inside the empty space station. Described as an “in-depth portrait,” the book also contains essays by space archaeology scholars Alice Gorman and Justin St P Walsh, as well as words from the photographers and architect Jeffrey S Nesbit. Through fascinating words and captivating images, readers are treated to a virtual 200-page tour through one of the most important and mysterious places in the universe.

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Passion Purpose Profit

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Passion Purpose Profit: Sidestep the #hustle and build a business you love by My Daily Business Coach founder Fiona Killackey offers essential information for small business owners who seek to scale while keeping their mental and financial balance intact. From advice on how to cement your initial idea to insight into how to hire employees that share your passion, Killackey conveys knowledge informed by decades of experience coaching, teaching and working with clients like Audible, Australia Post, Etsy, and Porsche. Full disclosure: our founder, Josh Rubin, is profiled in this book.

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Accidentally Wes Anderson Book

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With more than 200 idiosyncratic images and the stories behind each, Wally Koval’s hardcover Accidentally Wes Anderson book is an authorized homage to the style of the beloved auteur. Koval created the @AccidentallyWesAnderson Instagram handle in 2017 and since more than one million people have followed along. In the book, the same magical style unites photographs from all over the world. It’s available for pre-order now, though the book comes out in October 2020.

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Smithsonian Handbook of Interesting Insects

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Of the 34 million insect and arachnid specimens in London’s Natural History Museum, the Smithsonian Handbook of Interesting Insects focuses on 100 of the most fascinating. With scientific profiles crafted around striking full-color photography, the hardcover guide delves into each bug’s attributes, behaviors and lifestyle. Penned by Blanca Huertas (Senior Curator of Lepidoptera at the Natural History Museum, London) and Gavin Brooad (Principal Curator of Insects at the Natural History Museum, London), the book is informative, engaging and, at times, utterly spectacular for amateurs and experts alike.

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John Cage: A Mycological Foray – Variations on Mushrooms

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From independent publishing house Atelier Éditions, the two-volume monograph John Cage: A Mycological Foray explores the acclaimed (and often experimental) American composer and theorist’s fascination with mushrooms. As Cage famously proclaimed, “I have come to the conclusion that much can be learned about music by devoting oneself to the mushroom.” Limited to an edition of 75, the book features 20 unnumbered lithographs, diary entries and the first-ever full reproduction of Cage’s Mushroom Book, done in collaboration with illustrator Lois Long and botanist Alexander H Smith, in 1972.

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City Hall: Masterpieces of American Civic Architecture

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Within City Hall: Masterpieces of American Civic Architecture, photographer Arthur Drooker presents expressive, exacting imagery of the administrative hubs of various local governments. The chronological chronicle travels from the early 19th century to today—representing the wonders of Buffalo, Boston and beyond while showcasing styles that range from Federalist to modern. The book includes a foreword by historian Douglas Brinkley, and mayors (current and former) offer stories to accompany Drooker’s images.

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Joy Division: The Oral History

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Written by respected English music journalist Jon Savage, This searing light, the sun and everything else: Joy Division: The Oral History is essential reading for music fans. Detailing the pioneering band’s existence (from 1976 to 1980), Savage draws from interviews with surviving band members—Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner—and contemporaries including their manager Rob Gretton, Factory Records co-founder Tony Wilson, art designer Peter Saville and others. This comprehensive and chronological account of the wildly influential post-punk band offers insights and stories never heard before. 

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Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah: Andy Sweet’s Summer Camp 1977

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In the summer of 1977, roughly 300 campers arrived at Mountain Lake summer camp in rural North Carolina. There, the camp’s photography instructor, Andy Sweet, would capture an experience and an era in the images that now compose his book Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah: Andy Sweet’s Summer Camp 1977. Sweet, who passed in 1982, balances the uniqueness of the time with the universality of camp life. The book is 120 pages, hardbound, with an introduction from New Yorker staff writer Naomi Fry.

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